Help my dogs share the woods with bowhunters.
September 17, 2012 9:04 AM Subscribe
Please help me assess and mitigate the risk to my dogs from bowhunters during deer season.
posted by Mngo to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I run with my two dogs in a county park in central Wisconsin that has open bowhunting during the deer season (basically now until early January).
My dogs are about 50lbs each, they run on extending-reel leashes about 15ft long. We stay on established trails but they often poke into the bushes a bit.
I've never seen a hunter or evidence of hunting in this park, but there are small signs informing the public that the park is open to bowhunting.
Should I worry at all about my dogs being mistakenly or accidentally hit? If you tell me there's basically less risk than driving my car to the park, fine. If you tell me there's enough risk to take precautions, what should they be? Orange vests? Just orange collars? An orange hat for me? Bells, kevlar, what else?
[To be clear, I'm not opposed to hunting, bow or otherwise, and it's a big part of managing the deer population and our problems with chronic wasting disease. I just want to be sure my dogs and I are safe.]